Invisible to Invaluable: Harriet Festing Presentation

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Invisible to Invaluable: Harriet Festing Presentation

  1. 1. Harriet Festing Director, Water Program Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) One Water leadership Summit 2013
  2. 2. Presentation Overview • Who we are • Research • Building the case for policy changes • 3 Lessons
  3. 3. Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) • National Non-Profit • Areas of Focus: • Transportation, Energy, Climate Change & Water • Working with Communities on Urban Sustainability: • Data & Research • Tools & Transparency • Collaboration • Policy Advocacy
  4. 4. CNT Water Program
  5. 5. Smart Water for Smart Regions The Great Lakes States are our testing ground for shaping the decisions of cities across the United States
  6. 6. National Partners Funders
  7. 7. The Problem
  8. 8. Drought
  9. 9. Urban Flooding
  10. 10. Water Infrastructure Crisis
  11. 11. Research
  12. 12. Urban Flooding The Issues Water Loss Photo: Flickr/ian boyd
  13. 13. • 48 most populous cities in the Great Lakes region • 30 responded: 63% • They serve 23% of the total population of the Great Lakes states and province Survey Sample: Urban Flooding
  14. 14. • 100% receive complaints • 87% characterize them as ‘medium’ to ‘large’ • Half have no plans for tackling it • Two-thirds have no targets • 80% do not track the costs of flood damage Findings: Urban Flooding
  15. 15. • 80 water supply utilities • 10 largest in each Great Lakes state • 68% response rate • 500 municipalities • 9.8 million people • Over 63,000 miles of pipe Survey Sample: Water Loss
  16. 16. • Pipes average 50 years old • Leak an estimated 66.5 billion gallons of water each year • Could supply water to 2.2 million Americans for a year • 71% have no policy • 51% have no goal • 67% do not publicly report Findings: Water Loss
  17. 17. • Residents in communities are directly affected • Leadership faces real obstacles • They want help In Summary
  18. 18. Building the Campaign Case
  19. 19. Building the Case for dry basements
  20. 20. Our Homes & Businesses are Flooding
  21. 21. Stormwater in Your Home
  22. 22. Which also Causes…. CSO Pollution Flooded Basements Flooded Streets Eroded Streams
  23. 23. We need Solutions •Improved mapping of flood risks •Retrofit programs and development standards to protect your property •Federally backed insurance & •mitigations funding
  24. 24. Building the Case: for fixing the leaks
  25. 25. Water Rates on the Rise CNT Map based on data from article: Water costs gush higher, USA TODAY September 29, 2012
  26. 26. Infrastructure Report Card = D
  27. 27. Your money is going down the drain! Fixing the Leaks – A Good Idea • Create Jobs • Drive Economic Development • Protect Human Health • Reduce Energy Use • Preserve Water Resources
  28. 28. We need… •Clear standards & targets for water loss •Plan of action •Public reporting & transparency
  29. 29. What Have We Learnt? • 1. Policy tools exist – but need adjustments, promotion & peer-to-peer training
  30. 30. What Have We Learnt? 2. The Cost of Doing Nothing – a Radical Paradigm Shift
  31. 31. What Have We Learnt? 3. The Public are ALREADY arguing for change
  32. 32. 4. BUILDING A COALITION
  33. 33. We Welcome Your Support
  34. 34. Thank You! hfesting@cnt.org

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